Most of us have a few electronic devices and appliances in the house that remain plugged in all the time. These devices have the potential for damage when lightning strikes the house. A surge protector is the best way to guard against this damage and ensure the safety of all of your electric-powered devices during a storm.
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Why Homes Need Surge Protection
We have more appliances and electronic devices in our homes than ever. Appliances like washers, refrigerators, and air conditioners now have complex circuit boards, which makes them vulnerable to power spikes. However, while lighting striking is a problem, it isn’t the most significant cause of concern. About 80% of surges happen because of short, intense bursts coming from appliances like air conditioners, which can introduce small surges into your home’s system. These mini surges take their toll and cause your electronic devices to wear out prematurely.
Does Surge Protection Affect Your Insurance?
The standard homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t guard against damage to your electronic devices caused by power surges. You can, however, opt to purchase that extra coverage, but be careful because it might not cover everything. The best way to protect your valuable devices against damage from power fluctuation is to install a surge protector. Call Titan Plumbing and Electric to find out how best to protect your devices today.
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How Do Surge Protectors Work?
When most people think of surge protectors, they think of the power strips they get at the store, and while those power strips are handy, they don’t do the job that a whole house surge protector does. Your electrician installs the home surge protector, usually hardwired at the electrical box, so it’s properly grounded.
Once installed, these devices protect against voltage spikes by blocking the flow or shorting it to the ground. As mentioned above, most surges come from appliances inside the home rather than from lighting strikes, which is why it’s best to have a whole-home surge protector instead of relying on outlet strips.